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 News Release - June 24, 2008

FDA Approves PrandiMet(TM), a Replaglinide and Metformin Fixed-Dose Combination Tablet for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

ATLANTA & PRINCETON, N.J.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Sciele Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCRX ) and Novo Nordisk Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PrandiMet™ (repaglinide and metformin HCl) tablets, the first and only fixed-dose combination of the fast-acting secretagogue replaglinide (also known as Prandin®) and insulin sensitizer, metformin, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Under a previously announced agreement, Sciele Pharma will exclusively market PrandiMet™ to physicians in the U.S. Sciele Pharma anticipates that PrandiMet™ will be available to physicians and patients in the U.S. in the second half of 2008.

PrandiMet™ has been approved to lower the blood glucose in adult patients with type 2 diabetes whose hyperglycemia cannot be controlled satisfactorily by meglitinide and/or metformin.

The FDA approved PrandiMet™ based upon data demonstrating that PrandiMet™ 1 mg./500 mg. and 2 mg./500 mg. resulted in similar bioequivalence to co-administration of corresponding doses of repaglinide and metformin HCl as individual tablets.1

“As the world’s leading diabetes care company, Novo Nordisk is dedicated to providing a broad portfolio of treatments that respond to each stage of diabetes. With PrandiMet™, physicians will have a simplified option for Prandin® and metformin combination therapy,” said Jerzy Gruhn, president, Novo Nordisk Inc.

PrandiMet™ is the first and only fixed-dose combination of a fast-acting secretagogue and metformin. The combination of metformin and repaglinide has been shown to safely and effectively reduce hemoglobin A1c levels. PrandiMet™ offers the convenience of two medications in one pill. PrandiMet™ is comprised of two well-established anti-diabetic medications: Prandin®, a fast-acting insulin secretagogue and metformin, an insulin sensitizer. Prandin® stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas after a meal, thereby reducing PPG. Metformin decreases the amount sugar produced by the liver, reducing FPG, and helps the body respond better to the insulin it makes naturally.

“We are very pleased with approval of PrandiMet™, an important new treatment option for people struggling to keep their blood glucose in control,” said Patrick Fourteau, Chief Executive Officer of Sciele Pharma, Inc. “We’ve seen that many patients need more than one therapy to control their type 2 diabetes and the combination of Prandin® and metformin in one pill will give patients convenient access to two medications trusted for their efficacy and safety.”

About PrandiMet™

PrandiMet™ is indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and includes two products with well-established data for safety and efficacy: repaglinide (Prandin®) and metformin. It is the first fixed-dose combination of a fast acting insulin secretagogue and metformin, combining two antihyperglycemic agents with different mechanisms of action in one tablet to improve glycemic control.

PrandiMet™ is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are already treated with a meglitinide and metformin HCl or who have inadequate glycemic control on a meglitinide alone or metformin HCl alone. Do not use to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Lactic acidosis can occur due to metformin accumulation. The risk increases with conditions such as sepsis, dehydration, excess alcohol intake, hepatic impairment, renal impairment, and acute congestive heart failure. Symptoms include malaise, myalgias, respiratory distress, increasing somnolence and nonspecific abdominal distress. Laboratory abnormalities include low pH, increased anion gap and elevated blood lactate. If acidosis is suspected, discontinue PrandiMet™ and hospitalize the patient immediately.

PrandiMet™ is contraindicated in patients with renal impairment, metabolic acidosis, including diabetic ketoacidosis, or patients receiving both gemfibrozil and itraconazole. Before initiation of therapy with PrandiMet™ and at least annually thereafter, renal function should be assessed and verified as normal. In patients in whom development of renal impairment is anticipated, renal function should be assessed more frequently and PrandiMet™ discontinued if evidence of renal impairment is present. PrandiMet™ should generally be avoided in patients with hepatic impairment.

PrandiMet™ should be temporarily discontinued in patients undergoing radiologic studies involving intravascular administration of iodinated contrast materials and may be resumed 48 hours after the procedure only after renal function has been re-evaluated and found to be normal. Repaglinide is not indicated for use in combination with NPH insulin.

Hypoglycemia and headache were the most common adverse reactions (≥10%) reported among patients treated with repaglinide in combination with metformin HCl. Gastrointestinal reactions (e.g. diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting) are the most common adverse reactions with metformin HCl treatment and are more frequent at higher metformin HCl doses.

PrandiMet™ works to control three abnormalities of type 2 diabetes: impaired insulin secretion; insulin resistance and excessive hepatic glucose production.

PrandiMet™ is available in two dosage strengths – 1mg. (repaglinide)/500mg. (metformin) and 2 mg. (repaglinide)/500mg. (metformin), recommended to be dosed at two-three times a day with meals.

Full prescribing information for PrandiMet™ is available by contacting Novo Nordisk Inc. or visiting

About Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a serious chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

In the United States, an estimated 20.8 million people have diabetes (7% of the population). Of the total, 6.2 million remain undiagnosed and about 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year.2 Only 57% of those with diabetes are meeting the recommended glucose levels (hemoglobin A1c goal of 7.0% or less)3 and those who are undiagnosed or not controlled are putting themselves at risk for serious complications.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 85-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems. In addition to diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy for women. Novo Nordisk’s business is driven by the Triple Bottom Line: a commitment to social responsibility to employees and customers, environmental soundness and economic success. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more than 26,000 employees in 80 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk’s B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London. Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO.' For global information, visit; for United States information, visit

About Sciele Pharma, Inc.

Sciele Pharma, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in sales, marketing and development of branded prescription products focused on Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Women’s Health and Pediatrics. The Company’s Cardiovascular and Diabetes products treat patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, high triglycerides, unstable angina and Type 2 diabetes; its Women’s Health products are designed to improve the health and well-being of women and mothers and their babies; and its Pediatrics products treat allergies, asthma, coughs and colds, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Sciele Pharma employs more than 900 people. The Company’s success is based on placing the needs of patients first, improving health and quality of life, and implementing its business platform - an Entrepreneurial Spirit, Innovation, Execution Excellence, Simplicity, and Teamwork.

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(1) Moses, et al. “Effect of replaglinide addition to metformin monotherapy on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes Care, 22 (1999): 119 - 122

(2) Centers for Disease Control. “CDC’s Diabetes Program: National Diabetes Fact Sheet.” Also, American Diabetes Association. “All About Diabetes: Overview,”

(3) Hoerger, et al. “Is glycemic control improving in US adults?” Diabetes Care 13 (2008):81-86.

Source: Sciele Pharma

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